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Campus Party Singapore 2018: Checking out the Drone Zone

By Team GameAxis - 7 Jul 2018,2:07am

Campus Party Singapore 2018: Checking out the Drone Zone

Campus Party is one of the world's largest tech events, founded in Spain in 1997 and now held across 12 different countries. It aims to build a community of tech enthusiasts to share, learn, and collaborate to pave the future. The edition found at Singapore Expo Hall 7 is the first in Asia, gathering more than 80 community partners and over 200 presenters or a three-day bonanza over the weekend.

Organized by SingEx Exhibitions and supported by TEDxSingapore, one of the key highlights at the inaugural Campus Party Singapore is The Drone Zone. It features Performance Rotors which, according to CEO Keith Ng, “is a drone solution provider, focused on confined space (Non-GPS reliant) drone development.”

Located to the left after passing Hall 7’s entrance, the Drone Zone packs an array of controllers and palm-sized drones called Tiny Whoop, laid out on a row of tables. This is where registered competitors ready their machines, tuning and testing for a series of races held across three days.

It all involves a “Microverse” obstacle course, which pairs the real-life track with a virtual reality simulation to mimic being in the pilot’s seat. Each drone is attached with a tiny camera for this purpose, while pilots don one of the many VR headsets available.

The Microverse drone obstacle course.

Another view of the obstacle course.

Busy drone pilots.

Thanks to these screens, you can catch a glimpse of what the drone pilots are really experiencing on their virtual reality headset.

For non-competitors, the Drone Zone also sports a try-out area for anyone curious enough to pilot. They can also approach any of the Performance Rotors staff to rent a drone. As the area is fenced off, newcomers won’t have to worry about flying into other passers-by.

Anyone can join the try-out area.

On Performance Rotors’ role at the event, Ng said: “It shows the public that drone tech is very here, very today. It shows them that drone tech has many applications, from hobbyists to other industries.” Campus Party SG ‘18 takes place from 6 to 8 July, 9AM to midnight daily. It’s also home to a long line of talks, workshops, and other activities, all of which may be found on their official page.

Check out their official page for updates to Campus Party Weekend in November 2018!

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